Interesting new study about discrimination against disabled. A similar study should be carried out in France. Employers discriminate against job applicants with disabilities, even when the disabilities might make them better workers, a new study of .the National Bureau of Economic Research (September 2015) shows.
Researchers wanted to see how disabilities affect the hiring process in the United States. They submitted 6,016 fake applications to junior and senior positions at accounting firms. One third of the fake applicants mentioned having Asperger’s Syndrome, and one third mentioned a spinal cord injury in their cover letters, with a note explaining they could still do their job. The final third of the fake applications did not disclose any disability.
The researchers explain in the paper that people with Asperger’s Syndrome may be particularly suited to the largely technical and solitary work of accounting.
Employers were unconvinced. Applicants without disabilities were 26% more likely to get an expression of interest from an employer than their disabled peers. Surprisingly, the fake applicants who had a CPA and six years’ experience were less likely to hear back from employers than novice accountants.
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The disability employment puzzle: a field experiment on employer hiring behavior, Mason Ameri Lisa Schur Meera Adya Scott Bentley Patrick McKay Douglas Kruse Working Paper 21560 http://www.nber.org/papers/w21560 National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 September 2015 clic